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Like many Australians and New Zealanders, Cambridge residents crowd around a television set on the first Tuesday in November to watch the two mile race that's hailed as the greatest staying race in the world - the Melbourne Cup.

But for many Cambridge people, the race is not just a one-day diversion and a chance for a small flutter at the TAB.

winner cambridge-isiteThe area's close links with horse breeders, trainers and jockeys invariably means the town is supporting at least one runner, and often several, with Cambridge connections.

Since 1940, Cambridge has produced 13 Melbourne Cup winners, including some of the contest's biggest stars, such as Silver Knight, Empire Rose and Might and Power.

As you wander around the town, you'll see mosaic creations on the footpath, celebrating the town's equestrian achievements, and on the wall beside the ANZ in Victoria St, you'll find a special collection of plaques honouring our Melbourne Cup winners.

For the record, they are: Hiraji (1947), Foxzami (1949), MacDougal (1959), Galilee (1966), Silver Knight (1971), Van der Hum (1976), Gurners Lane (1982), Kensei (1987), Empire Rose (1988), Might and Power (1997), Jezabeel (1998), Brew (2000) and Ethereal (2001).

Cambridge's super sire, Sir Tristram, produced three of the winners (Gurners Lane, Empire Rose and Brew) while his son Zabeel was responsible for two winners (Might and Power and Jezabeel).

As well as Melbourne Cup winners, Cambridge has produced many other top racehorses, including Japan Cup winner Horlicks who won more than $4 million and then became the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Brew.

Two horses which currently enjoy their retirement from the track are the equine stars of the Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge's shows. They are former champion racehorse Rough Habit, twice winner of the New Zealand Horse of the Year with $5.2 million in earnings, and standardbred Christopher Vance who won $2.5 million for his owners.

Cambridge has produced many champion pacers over the years, including Young Quinn who was trained at our local track by Charlie Hunter in the 1970s. Young Quinn took out the 1975 Inter Dominion Pacers Series and beat the best in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

The town was also home for Charisma, ridden by Sir Mark Todd to Olympic Gold in 1984 and 1988.

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